Materials Testing

P. Machibroda Engineering Ltd. is committed to ensuring that our clients receive the quality and performance required for their construction materials.

P. Machibroda Engineering Ltd. owns a state-of-the-art lab testing facility. Our diverse and experienced team, consisting of technicians, technologists and engineers, have decades of experience on advanced and customized testing to meet your project needs in a cost effective and timely manner. Our experienced team can also provide engineering and consulting services to determine appropriate testing requirements based on project requirements.

Our laboratory is certified by the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (Type B, C, D, and Q).

Laboratory Testing Services

We provide the following laboratory testing, but are not limited to these tests. We pride ourselves on the ability to customize testing to meet our client’s needs.  If you require assistance with project specific testing and/or need any interpretation on testing results, our team will be happy to assist you.

  • Water Content
  • Density (Unit Weight)
  • Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit, and Plasticity Index
  • Shrinkage Factor
  • Material Finer Than 75µm
  • Specific Gravity
  • Particle Size Analysis
  • Standard Proctor
  • Modified Proctor
  • Soil-Water Characteristic Curve (SWCC)
  • Hydraulic Conductivity
  • Resistivity
  • One Dimensional Consolidation
  • One Dimensional Swell or Collapse
  • Unconfined Compressive Strength
  • Unconsolidated Undrained Triaxial Compression
  • Consolidated Undrained Triaxial Compression
  • Consolidated Drained Triaxial Compression
  • Direct Shear Under Consolidated Drained Conditions
  • Direct Simple Shear
  • Vane Shear
  • California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
  • Unified Soil Classification System
  • Asphalt Mix Compliance
  • Asphalt Content by Ignition Method
  • Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity and Density of Asphalt Mixtures
  • Percent Air Voids in Compacted Asphalt Mixtures
  • Mechanical Sieve Analysis of Extracted Aggregate
  • Fractured Particles in Coarse Aggregate
  • Stability and Flow of Asphalt Mixtures
  • Voids in Mineral Aggregate
  • Density (Unit Weight) of Core
  • Material Finer than 75µm and 80µm
  • Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregate
  • Lightweight Particles
  • Relative Density and Absorption of Fine and Coarse Aggregate
  • Los Angeles Abrasion
  • Flat and Elongated Particles
  • Fractured Particles in Coarse Aggregate
  • Sand Equivalent of Fine Aggregate
  • Permeability of Granular Soils
  • Soil-Water Characteristic Curve (SWCC)
  • Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit, and Plasticity Index
  • Standard Proctor
  • Modified Proctor
  • California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
  • Bulk Density (Unit Weight) of Aggregate
  • Clay Lumps and Friable Particles in Aggregates
  • Particle Size Analysis
  • Organic Impurities in Fine Aggregate
  • Flexural and Compressive Strength of Concrete
  • Compressive Strength of Concrete Cores
  • Compressive Strength of Grout and Mortar Cubes

Field Testing Services

We provide field inspection and testing of construction services to provide our clients with real time evaluations of site conditions and practical solutions. Field testing and inspection includes the following (but not limited to):

  • Density Testing Using Nuclear Densometer
  • Proof Roll of Subgrade Material
  • Subgrade Inspection
  • Footing Inspection
  • Field Permeability (Guelph permeameter)
  • Field Percolation Testing
  • Field Vane Shear
  • Density Testing using Nuclear Densometer
  • Coring for Thickness and Density (Unit Weight)
  • Testing for Properties of Plastic Concrete
  • Slump
  • Air Content
  • Temperature
  • Slump Flow
  • Making Compressive and Flexural Test Specimens
  • Steel and Synthetic Fibre Content
  • Concrete Coring
  • Pull Out Testing
  • Testing Properties for Grout
  • Viscosity
  • Density
  • Making Compressive Test Specimens

P. Machibroda Engineering Ltd. also offers a pile driving analyzer (PDA) testing or dynamic load testing to measure pile capacity and to determine pile integrity, which is operated by experienced engineers who have certificate of proficiency issued by Pile Driving Construction Association (PDCI) and Pile Driving Inc. to provide a reliable testing result for your projects. Our dynamic load testing services includes:

  • High Strain Dynamic Load
  • Pile Integrity Testing (PIT)
  • CAPWAP® (Case Pile Wave Analysis Program)
  • GRLWEAP (Wave Equation Analysis Program)